Buckthorn Bark: Digestive Health Benefits For All

Buckthorn Bark comes from the rhamnus frangula tree’s stems and branches and is used as an herbal remedy for bowel disorders. It is commercially available as an alternative health supplement in the form of dried extract powder capsule, tablet, or tea.

Buckthorn barks need to be grown up to one year before they are fit for consumption. Otherwise, using untreated buckthorn may irritate the protective mucosa lining in your stomach and lead to severe gastrointestinal irritations, diarrhea, vomiting, colic, and spasms.

buckthorn bark rhamnus frangula treeBuckthorn trees are very common in the forests of northern America in places like Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Maine and Canada. Many people in these places consider Glossy Buckthorn trees to be bad or invasive and they seek removal of the trees.

Those who are interested in using this herbal remedy are advised that the taste of the bark is sweet and slightly bitter. The berries on the tree shouldn’t be consumed at all. In fact, it causes such severe diarrhea that many of the birds and animals that eat the berries will die from dehydration.

Alternative Names for Buckthorn Bark

  • Alder Dogwood
  • Arrow Wood
  • Dogwood
  • Bois Noir
  • Bourdaine
  • Coudrier Noir
  • Frangula Bark
  • Frangula Alnus
  • Ramnus Frangula
  • Glossy Buckthorn
  • Nerprun Bourdaine
  • Nerprun Noir

Health Benefits of Buckthorn Bark

  • Buckthorn helps in relieving constipation.
  • It also helps in easing hemorrhoids and anal fissures.
  • Buckthorn bark may increase motility that aids in cleansing the colon more efficiently.
  • The plants also contain anthraquinone, a healthy substance that helps fight cancer.
  • Buckthorn may also be used in health tonics and diuretics.



Relieving constipation is the primary benefit of Buckthorn bark. It is because the plant contains chemical properties that work as laxatives which stimulate the movements in the intestines.

The anthraquinone contents of Buckthorn help regulate bowel movement especially as it passes through the colon. These anthraquinones prevent the intestines from absorbing too much water. The unabsorbed water will then be transferred to the stool, making its movement easy and painless.

When Buckthorn bark eases constipation, the stool becomes softer, thus allowing it to pass easily without any irritation associated with hemorrhoids and anal fissures. The bark also relieves the pain and pressure caused by these two conditions and is an effective cathartic.

In other words, when the properties found in Buckthorn bark treat constipation, they also treat hemorrhoids and anal fissures at the same time. An additional benefit is that some scientific studies and clinical trials have revealed the bark has some beneficial and healthy antifungal properties.

Buckthorn bark can also increase the motility of colons. It is also an effective colon cleanser.

The anthraquione properties stimulate the movement of the colon and prevent it from becoming spontaneous. Spontaneous movements push fecal matter through the colon which consequently leads to impaction and constipation.

Buckthorn Bark Dosage

The next time you experience constipation, hemorrhoids, and anal fissure, pick or buy dried, old Buckthorn bark. If eating the bark, watch the video below as the herbalist details the importance of letting the bark thoroughly dry for at least two weeks. Drink at least 15 drops of its liquid extract every day before you go to sleep. You will no longer feel any pain in your stomach the following day, and your bowel movement will go back to normal. You can up your dosage to 30 drops, but if you exceed that quantity for your dosage, you may experience intestinal cramps.

If you watch this video, the herbalist begins describing the uses, benefits and method of extraction of Buckthorn bark at about the 8:45 mark. You’ll no doubt find it as interesting as I did, especially since I couldn’t find any other useful videos about this alternative health remedy.


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